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  Parecon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Parecon recognizes that we are finite beings who can benefit from enjoying what others do that we ourselves have no time to do, and also that we are fallible beings who should not vest all our hopes in single channels of advance, instead insuring against damage by trying preserving and exploring diverse avenues and options.
But in a parecon, within councils, there is an additional commitment to using decision making procedures and modes of communication that apportions to each actor, about each decision, a degree of say proportionate to the degree he or she is affected.
A Parecon has people all of whom do a mix of things in their work, such that each person’s mix accords with their abilities and also conveys a fair share of rote and tedious and interesting and empowering conditions and responsibilities.
home.online.no /~mab4/parecon.htm   (3933 words)

 Participatory economics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Albert and Hahnel stress that parecon is only meant to address an alternative economic theory and that it must be accompanied by equally important alternative visions in the fields of politics, culture and kinship.
In Parecon, it constitutes a replacement for the mainstream economic conception of economic freedom, which the authors have argued is an inadequate and misleading concept, incapable of providing useful guidance for situations where people's freedoms conflict.
Advocates of Parecon say the intention is that the four main ingredients of parecon be implemented with a minimum of hierarchy and a maximum of transparency in all discussions and decision making.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Parecon   (3609 words)

 Issue 2 - Parecon and Inclusive Democracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
It is evident that Parecon is characterised, first, by an obvious lack of understanding of the meaning of individual and social autonomy and therefore of the incompatibility of representation (rather than delegation) with democracy.
Parecon’s proposal for ‘balanced job complexes’ is in effect an attempt to deal in practice with the crucial issue of the meaning of work in a future society.
However, Parecon is silent on all these crucial issues, as if economic growth and efficiency (as defined today) would continue to be the aims and means of a Parecon economy, ignoring the basic fact, recognised by Castoriadis long ago, that the ‘rationalisation’ of modernity, whose main imaginary signification is growth, is inseparable from bureaucratisation.
www.inclusivedemocracy.org /journal/is2/IDvsParecon.htm   (9867 words)

Parecon, as a model which acknowledges all the merits and all the debits of a Soviet system, Eastern European experience, and Yugoslav experiment, is, in my opinion, extremely important for its attempt to formulate a coherent anti-authoritarian, left libertarian economic vision.
Parecon takes economic vision out of the realm of academic journals and throws it right in the middle of the activism arena, showing us how we can build from the bottom up a set of consumption, production and allocation institutions that foster equity, diversity, solidarity, participation and self-management.
ParEcon seeks to build a directly democratic economic system, where in (through various modes of decision making), each member of the society has influence over decisions in proportion to the degree that they are affected by those decisions.
www.myspace.com /parecon   (3240 words)

 World Prout Assembly: Parecon and France: Michael Albert interviewed by Remi Gau
Parecon doesn't remunerate need as the only norm, rather than an exceptional one, because it is economically dysfunctional to do that not, really, it is not even coherent.
What parecon says is that the economically and morally sound approach is to remunerate socially valued effort and sacrifice, as well as to create conditions that support and to then utilize self management.
What a parecon does about these matters, as all others, is to provide a context in which information is not biased by the interests of a few and the flaws of competitive allocation.
www.worldproutassembly.org /archives/2006/07/parecon_and_fra.html   (5246 words)

 Capitalism - America's Debate
So, parecon has two large hurdles to overcome: first, to indicate what differentiates it from capitalism; and second, if it is different, providing conclusive evidence that it would be superior.
Parecon is simply institutionalized jealousy of others and allowing the bitter to suppress those they are jealous of.
Even in education, where Parecon states that each person will be educated and trained “in their preferred pursuits”, that would soon deteriorate, since we can’t all be basket-weavers or whatever.
www.americasdebate.com /forums/index.php?showtopic=9047   (4990 words)

 Socialist Standard April 2006 2006 Parecon or socialism? Page10-11
What the reviewer says about profit affecting wages, etc., in parecon, is simply about some other system...unless the reviewer is saying, if total output for a parecon is lower, average income is lower, which is, of course, a truism, having zero to do with profits, which don't exist in a parecon.
In parecon, these are the reasons why there are "money" and "wages." The task becomes having this limited money and wages, which is to say valuations and shares of income, inevitably present in any economy, in accord with our full aspirations and values.
Rather than being “allotted” what to consume as under “parecon”, people would be able to take from the common store of wealth set aside for individual consumption what they judged they needed to live and enjoy life, irrespective of what they had contributed to production.
www.worldsocialism.org /spgb/apr06/text/page10.html   (1800 words)

 BOOK REVIEW - Parecon: Life After Capitalism
'Parecon: Life After Capitalism' is the culmination of all this work and ought to become a landmark text that will underpin the struggle to reconstruct a system of economics "as if people mattered", to recall E. Schumacher.
Parecon, on the other hand, would operate via democratic councils at many levels, including small work teams, broader workplace associations and whole industries, as well as groupings of consumers, neighbourhoods, counties and larger regions.
A central concept in parecon is that of "balanced job complexes" involving the sharing out of pleasant, and less pleasant, aspects of running an economy.
www.medialens.org /articles/book_reviews/dc_ma_parecon.html   (563 words)

 Inclusive Democracy and Participatory Economics
On the other hand, the Parecon model, in consistency with its attitude not to take stands on the crucial issue whether the society implied by Parecon is a stateless one or not, does not define who is the sovereign.
Parecon is, of course, in accord with the ID project as far as it concerns the rejection of the market mechanism as incompatible with self-management.
However, although Parecon is a step forward from the usual socialist planning schemes in which bureaucrats and technocrats attempt to anticipate what the society’s needs as workers and consumers would be, still, it cannot secure self-management for either workers or consumers, as a result of its exclusive reliance on planning to allocate resources.
www.democracynature.org /dn/vol9/takis_parecon.htm   (9532 words)

 Workplace Democracy / Parecon / Mondragon | Joining the Union | Public Forums | Forums | Starbucks Union
Parecon rejects someone earning by virtue of having a deed in his or her pocket.
I can't fully describe parecon and all its diverse mechanisms and show how the model is both viable and worthy in a summary talk such as this.
But my claim is that parecon is not only classless and not only propels solidarity, diversity, and equity - but to the extent possible and with no recurring biases, that parecon apportions to each worker and consumer an appropriate level of self managing influence about each economic decision.
www.starbucksunion.org /node/303   (5843 words)

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The Parecon Model: A Critique Albert's book proposes and defends a non-market alternative to capitalism that is radically different from the traditional Soviet model.
It is true that in Parecon you are evaluated by your peers, and not by a supervisor answerable to the owners of the enterprise.
The Parecon Phenomena I've argued that all three of the fundamental building blocks of Parecon are hopelessly flawed.
orion.it.luc.edu /~dschwei/parecon.txt   (7298 words)

 Parecon: Life After Capitalism? printer friendly
Parecon, or Participatory Economics, claims to get the economic job done consistent with enlarging solidarity, maintaining equity, expanding diversity and providing and protecting self management, which is to say, consistent with classlessness.
In a Parecon, you have to spend some time, over the course of a week or two, entering your budget and interacting with the overall process.
Parecon emerged conceptually from examining the experiences of many post-capitalist economies and efforts, of course, and very central to that were some of our own experiences.
zmagsite.zmag.org /Nov2004/ehrenreichpr1104.html   (4172 words)

 Amazon.ca: Parecon: Books: Michael Albert   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Parecon has its place, but I'd recommend getting a firmer grip on economics and issues of freedom before you do - and Sen's book is a good place to start.
What Albert presents in PARECON is a solid, workable plan worthy of thought, discussion and debate in every level of society.
It is often that critics who have not actually read through the proposals that ParEcon presents argue against it with such erroneous statements as, "the jobs that produce the most value, i.e., the most important jobs, will go unfilled!" I challenge you, the reader, to find out just how untrue this is for yourself.
www.amazon.ca /Parecon-Michael-Albert/dp/185984698X   (1699 words)

 Welcome To ZNet
Participatory Economics (Parecon for short) is a type of economy proposed as an alternative to contemporary capitalism.
The main institutions are workers and consumers councils utilizing self managed decision making, balanced job complexes, remuneration according to effort and sacrifice, and participatory planning.
Parecon is the most serious effort I know to provide a very detailed possible answer to some of these questions, crucial ones, based on serious thought and careful analysis."
www.zmag.org /parecon/indexnew.htm   (150 words)

 Politics in the Zeros
Michael Albert of Z Magazine is the impetus for Parecon.
I'm sure these questions have been considered and discussed on Parecon, and that the conclusions are well-reasoned.
The Parecon Project has a huge amount of intelligent conversation and information about their model for a just and fair economic system.
www.polizeros.com /pzarchive/radio/2004/09/16.html   (780 words)

 Michael Albert's Parecon: A Critique
No, says Albert, tight Parecon monitoring is not the same as capitalist monitoring.  There are two major differences.  First of all, you are evaluated on the basis of effort, not output, and secondly, you are evaluated by your peers, not by a boss.
It is true that in Parecon you are evaluated by your peers, and not by a supervisor answerable to the owners of the enterprise.  This, in itself is not a problem.
Albert reassures Barbara Ehrenreich, "In Parecon you have to spend some time over the course of a week or two entering your budget and interacting with the overall process.  I suspect this won't take longer than people now spend doing their tax returns.
orion.it.luc.edu /~dschwei/parecon.htm   (2296 words)

 Review of Parecon : life after capitalism By Michael Albert,   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A key difference between Parecon and an Anarcho-Communist economy is the continued existence of a form of "money", which some might instinctively balk at, with the implication that some form of "market" economy will continue to exist in Parecon.
One of the key things to keep in mind is that prices in a parecon are generated and modified through participatory planning, starting off annually as merely "indicative", and consequently passing through several rounds of adjustment.
Overall, I believe Parecon provides a comprehensive vision that is worthy of serious consideration and debate among those who are interested in more progressive economic structures.
flag.blackened.net /revolt/wsm/rbr/rbr9/parecon.html   (826 words)

 Steve L's Opinion of Parecon (Participatory Economics)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Two very important principles of Parecon are a person should not be rewarded by virtue of being born into wealth and a person should be rewarded according to the effort (s)he/it expends.
Parecon makes a step toward this goal by eliminating the advantage of inherited wealth, but doesn’t go the full way because it rewards based on effort.
However, I’m fairly certain that if there was an economic revolution and Parecon replaced our current system, people would naturally convert to a production-based system unless they were forced to accept Parecon the way they are forced to accept the current system.
www.advertisepayperclick.com /parecon.cfm   (552 words)

 Michael Albert -founder of Z Magazine- speaks: “Challenging Neo-Liberalism: A Vision for the Future” - Indymedia ...
The citation for the ‘Award of the President of the Italian Republic’ which Albert received in 2004 declared that parecon is “the most powerful and fully articulated challenge to the current models of socio-economic thought” providing “a new major highway in economic organisation as a feasible proposition”.
Parecon has remuneration for effort and sacrifice, which translates to remuneration for the duration, intensity, and harshness of the work people do.
Parecon also does away with markets which pit each actor against all others, destroy solidarity, impose class division, mis-price all public goods, ignore collective effects beyond direct buyers and sellers, violate ecological balance and sustainability, and have many other faults as well.
www.indymedia.ie /article/78818   (3438 words)

 Parecon - ZWiki
Implementing Parecon - Notes from people trying to implement parecon in the real world - for instance, tips and tricks on how to run a balanced job complex from people who have actually tried.
Parecon proposals - New ideas from (potential) Pareconistas around the world.
Critiques of Parecon - Issues that have been raised surrounding the proposals and vision of Parecon.
wiki.zmag.org /Parecon   (268 words)

 ParEcon Advocates, ParEcon Meetups, events, clubs and groups in your area
ParEcon Advocates, ParEcon Meetups, events, clubs and groups in your area
Meet with locals who are interested in ParEcon, The Participatory Economics Project that advocates an alternative to capitalism.
The underlying values ParEcon seeks to implement are equity, solidarity, diversity, and participatory self-management.
parecon.meetup.com   (68 words)

 Review: Parecon: life after capitalism - International Economy - Anarkismo
Because parecon is so different from capitalism, with many currently familiar features of the economy like banks, ownership, money and division of labour either being absent or existing in fundamentally different forms, simply saying that parecon does or does not have 'ownership' or 'renting' of personal homes isn't very informative.
If everyone in a parecon was a renter, then presumably this means that they don't have much decision making power over how to design or modify their home, and possibly don't have much security of tenure either.
During a transition from capitalism to parecon I suppose existing ownership titles would become void, and a system for dealing with housing like the one I describe would be set up, along with the rest of parecon, but I don't have many ideas about this.
www.anarkismo.net /newswire.php?story_id=1832   (15708 words)

 Goodbye Maggie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Ease of Communicating the Parecon Model to Others — Personally, I find that a major obstacle to many reforms is the inability to plainly summarize the proposed reform and the rationale for implementing it (i.e.
And yet Parecon has no analysis or answers for these problems: no talk of nation states, no talk of borders, no talk of the global distribution of wealth, the distribution of wealth between communities or nations.
It would be about what having a parecon would mean for the rest of society, beyond the economy.
blog.newstandardnews.net /goodbyemaggie   (1172 words)

After speaking at the Edinburgh Bookfair about Parecon, the model of a Participatory Economy, Michael Albert will speak on Thursday and Friday in Glasgow.
Participatory economics, or parecon for short, is a vision of life after capitalism favoured by many in the anti-capitalist movement.
Parecon opposes “corporate globalisation” and argues for its replacement by “equity, solidarity, diversity and self-management.”
www.hodgers.com /1820/2006/10/parecon.shtml   (655 words)

 Amazon.com: Parecon: Life After Capitalism: Books: Michael Albert   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The former critiques basic concepts in neoclassical economics in light of political economy and is not meant as a detailed exposition of participatory economics (parecon).
And Albert's book is so turgid and repetitive that you arguably get a clearer picture of the parecon system (and of the various criticisms of the model) from Hahnel's one chapter on the subject than you do from Albert's whole book.
Although he does rehearse various criticisms of parecon, his summary of critics is cursory and brusque, his defense of himself long-winded and blustering.
www.amazon.com /Parecon-After-Capitalism-Michael-Albert/dp/185984698X   (2908 words)

 TheExperiment | Articles => Participatory Economics in Winnipeg: Matt Dineen interviews G7 Welcoming Committee Records   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Parecon was developed over the past decade by Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel as a vision for a more humane economy to replace contemporary capitalism.
The goal there is that everyone has a very similar job complex or the same one really so now there's committees where you take turns doing accounting and promotional stuff, and everyone works in the kitchen and does orders and that kind of thing.
South End Press is considered a parecon business and it doesn’t function in the same way that Mondragon or G7 does.
www.theexperiment.org /articles.php?news_id=1891   (1538 words)

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